For those of you who (somehow) have never heard of Flappy Bird, the sleeper hit has a meteoric rise to fame on various digital game stores for smartphones and other mobile devices, but was removed for very vague reasons on February 9th. Despite an income of $50,000 each day from his game's massive success, creator Dong Nguyen said he "[couldn't] take it anymore" before removing the app and ending his Twitter activity.
Many people speculated that Nguyen removed the game because of legal issues with Nintendo, due to striking aesthetic similarities between Flappy Bird and the Super Mario universe—namely the pipes through which the flies, and the bird itself, which looks an awful lot like a few distinct Mario enemies. Nintendo, however, told the Wall Street Journal that they had no complaints.
“While we usually do not comment on the rumors and speculations, we have already denied the speculation” — Yasuhiro Minagawa, Nintendo spokesperson
Well, there goes that explanation. I guess we can only wonder why Flappy Bird is no more.
Source: The Wall Street Journal